Being a famous artist in your own lifetime is no guarantee that you'll be remembered by other artists. Have you heard of the French painter Ernest Meissonier? He was a contemporary with Edouard Manet, and by far the more successful artist in terms of critical acclaim and sales. The reverse is also true, with Vincent van Gogh probably the most famous example. Van Gogh relied on his brother, Theo, to provide him with paint and canvas, yet today his paintings fetch record prices whenever they come up at art auction and he's a household name.

Looking at famous paintings past and present can teach you many things, including composition and handling of paint. Though probably the most important lesson is that you should ultimately paint for yourself, not for a market or for posterity.

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Monastery Graveyard In The Snow - Caspar David Friedrich - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Monastery Graveyard In The Snow
Caspar David Friedrich
Starry Night Over The Rhone - Vincent Van Gogh - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Starry Night Over The Rhone
Vincent Van Gogh
Death of Pablo Escobar - Fernando Botero - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Death of Pablo Escobar
Fernando Botero
The Drunken Hercules c. 1611 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Drunken Hercules c. 1611
Peter Paul Rubens
The Siren  1900 - John William Waterhouse - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Siren 1900
John William Waterhouse
Giant Redwood Trees of California - Albert Bierstadt - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Giant Redwood Trees of California
Albert Bierstadt
Nativity - Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Nativity
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre
Moscow I - Wassily Kandinsky - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Moscow I
Wassily Kandinsky
A Still Life With Flowers And Fruit - Helen Augusta Hamburger - www.most-famous-paintings.org
A Still Life With Flowers And Fruit
Helen Augusta Hamburger
Forest Scene - Thomas Moran - www.most-famous-paintings.org
Forest Scene
Thomas Moran
A Moonlit Winter Landscape - Remigius Adriannus van Haanen - www.most-famous-paintings.org
A Moonlit Winter Landscape
Remigius Adriannus van Haanen
The Magnolia Blossom - Martin Johnson Heade - www.most-famous-paintings.org
The Magnolia Blossom
Martin Johnson Heade

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